The Eleventh City


  • First publication
    • Grotesques: A Beastiary, 2000
  • Wolfe collection(s)

Wolfe's comments from the Introduction to Innocents Aboard

There was no comment about this story in the introduction.


Folklorist Sam Cooper encounters a case of possession.


  • The stories The Nebraskan and the Nereid, The Fat Magician, The Eleventh City, and Lord of the Land form a series with Sam Cooper as the main character.
  • This is a clear reference to the Gadarene (or Gerasine) swine exorcism miracle from Matthew 8, Mark 5, and Luke 8. It took place in the Decapolis (Ten Cities) region, hence the title of this story.
  • Sources of quotes
  • Meanings of names
  • References to other works
  • Theories about what happens under the surface, what the narrator isn't telling us, who the narrator is and when and why s/he is telling the story, what the whole thing "means," etc.
    If there are multiple or competing theories, each one should be given a name with a three-bang (!!!) header; if the page begins to get out-of-hand from the size of these, as could happen in a few cases, they should be shuffled off to their own page(s).
  • Etc.

Unresolved Questions

  • Was it A or was it B, or was it X or Z?
  • Was it he or was it she, or was it you or me?
  • Who dunnit?
  • Did the Star Child really start WWIII at the end of 2001?

< Wolfer | Innocents Aboard | The Night Chough >